Responses of single units in the monkey superior colliculus to moving stimuli

Experimental Brain Research
J Moors, A J Vendrik

Abstract

1. Single unit responses of pan-directional cells to moving and stationary flashing stimuli were studied in the superficial layers of the superior colliculus in paralysed, anaesthetized rhesus monkeys. The aim of this study was to see how far cell responses to moving stimuli fit in with what would be expected from their responses to stationary flashing stimuli. 2. Both the leading and the trailing edge of a moving stimulus evoke a transient response. If the diameter of moving light spots is increased the strength of the leading edge response increases, reaches a maximum and decreases to a constant value which is similar to the behaviour of the on response when the diameter of flashing spots is increased. The strength of the trailing edge response increases and reaches the same strength as that of the leading edge response. If the width of a long moving slit is increased, the strength of the leading edge response is the same at all slit widths, while the strength of the trailing edge response shows a course similar to that of the trailing edge response if the spot diameter is increased. If the length of a wide moving slit is increased both the leading and the trailing edge responses decrease. These results indicate that the stre...Continue Reading

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